Planets: Ours and Others:From Earth to Exoplanets by Thérèse Encrenaz

By Thérèse Encrenaz

What is a planet? the reply could seem seen; nonetheless, the definition of a planet has continually advanced over the centuries, and their quantity has replaced following successive discoveries. In 2006, the choice recommended via the foreign Astronomical Union to take away Pluto from the checklist of planets has good illustrated the trouble linked to their definition. the new discovery of enormous quantities of exoplanets round within reach stars of our Galaxy opens a brand new and extraordinary measurement to astrophysics. We almost immediately recognize little or no concerning the actual nature of exoplanets. by contrast, our wisdom on sun procedure planets has made large growth over the last many years, thank you, specially, to house planetary exploration. the aim of this ebook is first to symbolize what planets are, of their worldwide homes and of their variety. Then, this data is used to attempt to visualize the actual nature of exoplanets, ranging from the few parameters we all know approximately them. all through, we take into account the final word query of the quest for attainable extraterrestrial existence: might existence exist or have existed within the sun procedure and beyond?

Thérèse Encrenaz is Emeritus Senior Scientist on the Centre nationwide de l. a. Recherche Scientifique. She works on the Observatoire de Paris, on the Laboratoire d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique (LESIA). She is a consultant of the learn of planetary atmospheres, and has been curious about numerous house missions.


  • Introduction
  • How to discover Planets?
  • The beginning of Planets
  • Exploring Planet Earth
  • The buddies of the Earth
  • A Little extra, the enormous Planets
  • Exoplanets, the recent Worlds
  • Searching for liveable Worlds

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